Computer Science MS

About the MS in Computer Science at Loyola

With the world of computing, information technology, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence becoming more dynamic and consequential every day, there is a heightened need for well-trained computer science professionals, specifically those with a STEM-designated degree.

Loyola's MS in Computer Science provides a solid theoretical and practical foundation, acknowledging that computer science is key to algorithms in the sciences. The program is ideal if you are looking for a strong professional background in software development or other computing fields or are considering further study toward a Ph.D.

While an undergraduate degree in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or other related fields is recommended, a four-year degree in any field will satisfy admission requirements.

Program Structure

The MS in Computer Science is a 30-credit-hour program consisting of 10 courses. You will take two required courses, choose four electives from a selection of advanced computer science courses, and complete the program with four additional electives that can include research, courses in related areas, or in other areas of computer science.

Depending on your undergraduate background, up to five prerequisite courses in software development may be required.

The MS in Computer Science can be pursued full-time or part-time. Classes are held weekday evenings at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus, conveniently located on Chicago's North Side and a short train ride away from downtown. The majority of the courses are also offered online.

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Why Choose Loyola for the MS in Computer Science?

A STEM-designated program

The MS in Computer Science has a STEM designation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in recognition of the program’s emphasis on problem solving using quantitative and technological tools. STEM designation offers a valuable credential to your degree and your resume.

The program offers a powerful academic path for those interested in transitioning to a career in computing, and is accessible to students representing a range of undergraduate degrees other than computer science.

As a student in the program, you can pursue a generalist track, a thesis option, or choose from specializations in Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, or Computer Systems allowing you to tailor your experience and degree around your specific career goals.

With class sizes kept to 20 to 30 students, you will enjoy a highly individualized experience including abundant collaboration with fellow students, personal mentorship from faculty, and numerous research opportunities.

The program offers a strong selection of courses in advanced computer science, covering areas like software development, systems programming, machine learning, databases, networks, and cybersecurity.

The MS in Computer Science program is supported by excellent laboratory facilities, including Windows and Linux development labs, as well as an innovative wireless interaction area.

Computer Science Department

The Department of Computer Science offers an education that builds skills and careers by starting with projects that require you to use your head, not repeat lessons from a textbook. Find stories showcasing current students and graduates from the Computer Science MS program and learn more about why Loyola is right for you.

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Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the department faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Computer Science MS program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Computer Science MS program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Computer Science MS learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Computer Science MS totals $34950.00, or 30 credit hours at a cost of $1,165.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Computer Science MS are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall: Rolling admission
Consideration for funding: February 15

Spring: Rolling admission
Consideration for funding: September 15

Decisions are provided within a week of the completed application submission.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Computer Science MS include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Statement of Purpose

Prerequisite Course Requirements

This program requires preparation courses in computer science or a related field before beginning the curriculum, but students who have not completed the designated courses may be admitted to the program and take additional courses to fulfill prerequisite requirements Learn more about the Computer Science MS curriculum and prerequisite courses on the Computer Science MS Academic Catalog page.

Statement of Purpose Details

Please write a brief statement describing your academic and research interests as well as your professional goals.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to gradapp@luc.edu.

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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Applying online to the Computer Science MS program is a swift, uncomplicated, and cost-free process. After submission, you can proceed to send and upload any additional requirements.

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